2018 Police Vehicle Testing – your complete guide to performance statistics

2018 Ford Interceptor SUV. Photo courtesy Ford

2018 Ford Interceptor SUV. Photo courtesy Ford

I have this special ‘thing’ for police cars.

Here in North America, police vehicles are typically big and rugged.  Everything is ‘heavy duty’ to meet the demands of policing, which means long periods of idling to full blown, pedal-to-the-medal high speeds where rapid response is critical.

Each year, the Michigan State Police invite all the major manufacturers of so-called police vehicles (in the auto industry, these are referred to as ‘authority vehicles’) to be tested at a race track.

The variety of police vehicles range from city patrol cars, highway patrol vehicles, SUVs (which are rapidly gaining in popularity), pickup trucks, and motorcycles.

BMW R1200RTP. Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad

BMW R1200RTP. Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad

The vehicles are tested for acceleration, top speed, braking, and measured track times on a closed, racing circuit.  Ergonomics and fuel economy data is also provided.  The purpose of the report is to provide performance data to help police agencies select the most appropriate vehicles for use in their jurisdictions.

The Police Vehicle Evaluation 2018 Model Year complete report is a fascinating read.

Some interesting excerpts from the 2018 model year report:

Measured Top Speed

  1. 2018 Dodge Charger 5.7 litre V8 all-wheel-drive, 150 mph
  2. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor 3.5-litre EcoBoost all-wheel-drive, 149 mph
  3. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (Ford Explorer) 3.7-litre all-wheel-drive, 133 mph (used by Edmonton Police Service)
  4. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor (Ford Taurus) 3.7-litre all-wheel-drive, 133 mph (used by Edmonton Police Service)
  5. 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3-litre 4WD, 121 mph (commonly used by Alberta RCMP)
  6. 2018 Yamaha FJR1300, 143 mph
  7. 2018 BMW R1200RTP, 135 mph
  8. 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHTP (Stage I), 109 mph

Road Circuit Lap Times*

It’s interesting to note the BMW R1200|RTP’s lap times are quicker than the more powerful Yamaha FJR1300’s.

  1. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor 3.5-litre EcoBoost all-wheel-drive, 95.22
  2. 2018 Dodge Charger 5.7 litre V8 all-wheel-drive, 96.42
  3. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor (Ford Taurus) 3.7-litre all-wheel-drive, 97.96
  4. 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3-litre 4WD, 100.36
  5. 2018 Ford Police Interceptor Utility (Ford Explorer) 3.7-litre all-wheel-drive, 100.41
  6. 2018 BMW R1200RTP, 1:38.62
  7. 2018 Yamaha FJR1300, 1:40.15
  8. 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHTP (Stage I), 1:49.08

*Note:  The MSP report states a 2 mile road race – style circuit is used to measure lap times;  It does NOT specify whether the same course is used for motorcycle testing, which may explain why the car/SUV lap times are significantly faster than the motorcycle times

 

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